Cobalt
 
 
Minerals

 

Cobalt

Our 4th nutrient mineral (in alphabetical order). Cobalt is a trace mineral. Chemical symbol, ‘Co’. Works in conjunction with vitamin B12.

Functions/Benefits
Together with vitamin B12, prevents pernicious anemia.
Aids in the synthesis of DNA and choline.

Deficiency Symptoms
No specific deficiency symptoms of cobalt.
But as a component of vitamin B12, anemia can result from an inadequate intake.

Natural sources
Broccoli (provided it is grown in cobalt-rich soil). Clams, liver, oysters, milk, and red meat.

US RDA: no official figures
EU RDA: no official figures
The W.H.O. recommends 1 mcg. Not often supplemented other than with vitamin B12. Up to 30mg may be used.

Always consult a professional medical practitioner when taking supplements.


Toxicity
When used therapeutically, side-effects occurred at doses above 30mg. These included goiter, hypthyroidism and heart failure.

 


 

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